Opiate withdrawal is becoming more and more common in detoxification units across the country. Many people stay on their pain killer medications far longer than they should just to avoid the painful symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
However the harsh symptoms of opiate withdrawal can be countered with the proper medications, making detoxification off of opiates safe, quick, and virtually painless.
Unfortunately most doctors are only aware of the detoxification method of slowly decreasing the patients dosage of the opiate drug – OxyContin, Methadone, Vicodin, or whatever other opiate medication being taken. This is the unnecessarily slow and painful method of detoxification.
There are new methods that activate other neurotransmitter systems, which then safely stimulate the opiate system, bringing the patient’s opiate levels back to normal in a timely manner. You can learn more about how to safely avoid the complications of opiate withdrawal in Detoxification Specialist Dr. Von Stieff’s book, Brain in Balance: Understanding the Genetics and Neurochemistry behind Addiction and Sobriety.